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Attorney-General Accepts VLSB PC Fees Recommendations
Attorney-General Accepts VLSB PC Fees Recommendations

 LIV Media 31 Jan 2018

The Attorney-General has accepted the VLSB’s recommendations for new lawyers’ practising certificate fees for the 2018-19 Financial Year.

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Appointments to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
Appointments to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

 Department of Justice 19 Jan 2018

The Attorney-General, the Hon Martin Pakula MP, seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria...

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Adverse possession applications
Adverse possession applications

 Property and Environmental Law Section 15 Jan 2018

The majority of adverse possessions are requisitioned regarding the evidence supplied...

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LIV CEO thanks members and staff for their support and achievements in 2017
LIV CEO thanks members and staff for their support and achievements in 2017

 Nerida Wallace 15 Jan 2018

I want to take this opportunity to thank members and staff for their support, hard efforts and great achievements throughout 2017. We’ve had our challenges this year but we have achieved a great deal ...

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Lawyers acting as administrators of the estates of represented persons: proposal by VCAT to amend the Practitioner Remuneration Order
Lawyers acting as administrators of the estates of represented persons: proposal by VCAT to amend the Practitioner Remuneration Order

 LIV 10 Jan 2018

VCAT is proposing to introduce a commission-based charging system for legal practitioners appointed as administrators in the estates of represented persons. The LIV is eager to hear members’ views to inform our response to this proposal...

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Top 10 Myths About Ethics
Top 10 Myths About Ethics

 LIV Ethics 07 Jan 2018

One of the more uncomfortable professional challenges for solicitors in our fast moving and overloaded information world is to remember at all times that we are members of an honourable profession and not just running a business...

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Robots & Legal Ethics - Duty to the court
Robots & Legal Ethics - Duty to the court

 LIV Ethics 06 Jan 2018

In Henry VI, William Shakespeare’s character Dick the Butcher says: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Whilst originally meant to be complimentary of honest lawyers...

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Your Worst Nightmare - The boss is unethical!
Your Worst Nightmare - The boss is unethical!

 LIV Ethics 05 Jan 2018

After 4 years of unremitting study and hard work at law school, you have finished your practical training, been admitted to practice, and started a new job as a first year solicitor... 

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Capacity - A search for the light
Capacity - A search for the light

 LIV Ethics 04 Jan 2018

One of the hardest tasks a solicitor may face in professional practice is deciding whether or not a client has legal capacity. Very often this task arises in the context of...

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Communication - An ethical imperative for lawyers
Communication - An ethical imperative for lawyers

 LIV Ethics 03 Jan 2018

Effective communication as an ethical imperative for lawyers cannot be overstated. A solicitor’s failure to communicate effectively with clients in a timely manner may well lead to client complaints to the regulator and possible disciplinary sanction for the solicitor...

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Witnesses - Integrity of Evidence
Witnesses - Integrity of Evidence

 LIV Ethics 01 Jan 2018

Ensuring the integrity of evidence in legal proceedings is a key part of a solicitor’s paramount duty to the court and to the administration of justice. A solicitor’s failure to comply with this fundamental ethical obligation may have extremely serious consequences...
 

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Solicitor as material witness - duty to the court
Solicitor as material witness - duty to the court

 LIV Ethics 31 Dec 2017

It is by no means uncommon for a solicitor acting in a matter to be called as a material witness in a court or tribunal proceeding... 

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Implied undertaking to the court - watch out!
Implied undertaking to the court - watch out!

 LIV Ethics 31 Dec 2017

Confidential documents or other material obtained by a litigant under compulsion by the court process are protected by an implied undertaking to the court of confidentiality and restricted use until such time as they have been admitted into evidence.

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On the move...
On the move...

 LIV Media 21 Dec 2017

Here are some of the latest moves by lawyers and firms...

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I love proofreading errors
I love proofreading errors

 LIV Professional Development Department 30 Nov 2017

Grammar and proofreading errors can be costly and in legal matters, the stakes can be even higher. Take the case of the costly comma. An extra comma cost a cable television provider plenty...

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